Social Care Providers are playing a critical role in protecting and caring for the most at-risk citizens in our communities. These are challenging times and the leadership of social care in Wales really appreciates everything you are doing to keep people safe.
The aim of this briefing is to keep providers informed of the latest updates, provide advice and respond to general enquiries.
Statement and updated guidance - Coronavirus (Covid-19): Support for Commissioned Providers
ADSS and the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) have published a joint statement to promote the publication of the updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support for Commissioned Providers guidance.
Both documents are available online.
Public Health Wales
PHW Updated Advice and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Study app
PHW advice has been updated to reflect changes to lockdown restrictions.
They are also encouraging all citizens to download the Symptom Study app, which has been supported by Welsh Government.
The app allows users to log daily symptoms to help build a clearer picture of how the virus is affecting people. For more information, including how to download the app, visit https://covid.joinzoe.com
Full daily statement is available here: https://
Older People’s Commissioner for Wales
Care Home Voices: A snapshot of life in care homes in Wales during Covid-19
The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has published a report which gives a voice to people living and working in care homes and provides a snapshot of their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The report is based on over 120 responses (received between 14 May and 05 Jun) from older people, their families and friends and care home staff to a series of questions about their experiences during lockdown, the issues and challenges they have faced and the changes and improvements they would like to see.
The Commissioner is also calling for an action plan to protect and support older people living in care homes in Wales.
Written Statement: The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2020
Written Statement from the First Minister with regards to the Amendments to the Coronavirus Restrictions.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020, as amended
To show how the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 have been amended.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 6) Regulations 2020
These regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
Written Statement: COVID-19 Update
This statement from the Minister for Health and Social Services provides an update for members on recent developments including face coverings, the NHS Wales Test, Trace and Protect service (TTP), mortality rates across UK nations and screening services.
Complex and long-standing disadvantages exposed by coronavirus pandemic – report finds
A major report reveals the complex and long-standing factors contributing to the disproportionate impact coronavirus is having on Wales’ black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
All Wales Covid-19 Workforce Risk assessment Tool
This week, Welsh Government wrote to social care providers to promote the use of the All Wales Covid-19 Workforce Risk assessment Tool. Against the backdrop of growing evidence that coronavirus is having a disproportionate impact on people from BAME backgrounds, Welsh Government has developed this risk assessment tool in recognition that safeguarding the health and social care workforce is a key priority. Providers are reminded of to share the importance of its use to support and protect social care staff.
Risk Assessment is provided both as a paper document and as an on-line tool.
The online version can be accessed here.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Advice on 21 Day Review
This advice is informed by the outputs of the UK Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies and the Welsh Technical Advisory Cell, WHO guidance and through discussions with Chief Medical Officers in the 4 Nations and Chief Economic Advisor in Wales.
Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.
Statement by Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Chris Jones on Coronavirus: shielding
Statement from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Wales regards to no changes to the shielding policy.
Technical Advisory Cell: summary of advice 12 June 2020
Summary ofCOVID-19 advice provided to Welsh Ministers on 12 June 2020.
Contact tracing: stay alert to scams
Explains how to identify genuine communications from our contact tracing team.
Interim Guidance – Social Care Workforce Special Payment Scheme
This interim guidance sets out the purpose of the scheme, the qualifying time period and clarification on those eligible to receive the £500 special payment. Annex 1 of the guidance provides a series of Frequently Asked Questions.
Guidance - What happens when you get a test for coronavirus (COVID-19) (easy read)
Easy read explanation of when to get tested and what the NHS will ask if you test positive.
Testing weekly update 23 June 2020: coronavirus
Provides information about the number of people tested for coronavirus in Wales up to 21 June 2020.
Testing for coronavirus: weekly updates
Includes the number and results of coronavirus tests, who was tested and where they were tested.
Health and Care Research Wales
Survey: Setting priorities for social care research in Wales
Health and Care Research Wales and Social Care Wales want to identify research priorities for the social care and support of people aged 65 and over.
We want to find out the most pressing concerns, from the perspectives of older people who use social care services and the people who support them. We will then work with those groups to prioritise the ones that they think are most important for research to address. The aim is to develop a social care research agenda that will enable older people in Wales to live happier and more fulfilling lives.
Visit the website for information and to download the surveys for 1) practitioners, and 2) older people and unpaid carers.
Social Care Wales
WeCare Wales jobs portal
Social care employers: we want to help address the staff shortages you might be facing right now. To help you find the right people to fill your vacancies and support your business, we’ve created a jobs portal that will list current social care jobs in Wales.
Post your job vacancies on Twitter and include the following details:
We're also asking for responses to our survey to understand people's attitudes towards the social care and early years and childcare sectors
To complete the survey: https://wh1.snaps